Protesters take to the streets nationwide to rally against pollution
Approximately 10,000 people in nine cities and counties around Taiwan took to the streets Saturday in protest against air pollution.
The marches were held simultaneously i n Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Taichung, and Taipei.
The protesters demanded that the government impose an energy tax, expand green spaces, and raise flags in schools to warn of high levels of air pollution.
Citing a report by the World Health Organization, the protest organizers said particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) — referred to as “fine” particles — can lodge deep in the lungs and are believed to pose a great health risk.
The risk of inhaling harmful particles is especially high during activities such as running, hiking and cycling, the organizers said.
Protesters put on masks in protest against rising air pollution, at a campaign event against air pollution outside the Presidential Office, yesterday. Environmental organizations staging the protest demanded the government take action to improve air conditions.